Glasso Spey flies

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Glasso Spey flies

Post by Glista » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:21 pm

So the weather around here is just plain nasty.

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Consequently I have been tying more flies than usual! I have always loved doing spey flies and of those the ones by Syd Glasso are some of my favorites. Glasso is considered by many to be the father of the steelhead spey fly. He was probably the first person to design a spey style fly specifically for steelhead and in doing so he started a trend that is still going on. He may well be one of the most influential fly tiers in North America. His flies were beautiful and elegant yet simple in there construction. Just about any steelheader in the pacific North West and the Great Lakes has used or at least heard of his flies.

Glasso himself died cancer in 1983 at the age of 77. He was born at a place called Mud Creek in Washington St. His father ran a fish hatchery so he was brought up fishing. He eventually went to school at Pacific Lutheran University and became a social studies teacher. He ended up living in Forks were he taught and fished the rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. This is the place he started tying the flies he is famous for. He also tied fully dressed Atlantic salmon flies and at the time of his death he was considered to be one of the best fly tiers in the world. Glasso was one of the first people to use lead core line to make sink tips for fishing in high cold water. He also made sinking lines by applying lead paste to the silk fly lines of the time.

Orange Heron

This is one of his most popular flies and one that has spawned more variations than you can shake a stick at.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Gray heron hackle.
Throat: Teal.
Wing: Four hot orange hackle tips.
Head: Red.

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Gold Heron.

Hook: Up eye low water salmon hook.
Tag: Oval gold tinsel.
Rib: Oval gold tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: flat gold tinsel; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Gray heron hackle or substitute.
Throat: Teal or widgeon.
Wing: Bronze Mallard.
Head: orange.

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Brown Heron

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Gray heron hackle or substitute.
Throat: Teal or widgeon.
Wing: Bronze Mallard.
Head: red.

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Courtesan

I’m not sure about the particulars of this fly but the name would suggest Glasso had a sense of hummer. Courtesan is the Italian word for an upper class prostitute.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Long and webby light brown hackle.
Wing: Four hot orange hackle tips.
Head: Red.

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Glasso Polar Shrimp

This is Glasso’s version of the polar shrimp.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Tails: Reddish orange hackle fibers.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Long and webby orange hackle.
Throat: Red golden pheasant flank feather.
Wing: Four white hackle tips.
Head: Red.

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Sol Duck

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Tails: Golden pheasant crest.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Long and webby yellow hackle.
Throat: Teal.
Wing: Four hot orange hackle tips.
Topping: Golden pheasant crest.
Head: Red.

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Sol Duck Dark

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Tails: Golden pheasant crest.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Long and webby yellow hackle.
Throat: Teal.
Wing: Four red golden pheasant body feathers.
Topping: Golden pheasant crest.
Head: Red.

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Sol Duc Spey

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Tag: Flat silver tinsel.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 2/3: hot orange floss; front 1/3: hot orange goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Yellow saddle hackle, long and webby.
Throat: Black heron substitute.
Wing: Four hot orange hackle tips.
Head: Red.

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Black Heron

This is one of the few very dark flies that Glasso came up with. I tied 2 versions of this fly because sometimes Glasso tied them with hackle tips and sometimes he tied them with quill segments. I think this was the case with many of his flies.

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 1/2: flat silver tinsel, front 1/2: black goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Black heron substitute over black portion of body.
Collar: Guinea hen.
Wing: Black goose shoulder tented over the top of the hook.
Head: Black.

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Sliver Heron

This fly is a variation of the Black Heron .

Hook: Up eye salmon hook.
Rib: Oval silver tinsel.
Body: Rear 1/2: flat silver tinsel, front 1/2: black goat dubbing.
Body hackle: Gray heron substitute over black portion of body.
Collar: Guinea hen.
Wing: Gray herob quill or goose shoulder tented over the top of the hook.
Head: Black.

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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by NoHumanityLeft » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:27 pm

You are an ok tier.

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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by Ricky Bobby » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:30 pm

You need to make the pilgrimage....
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by P-A » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:35 pm

World class tying. I just love the body on those flies and tight small heads are also essential for that look.
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by SOBF » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:13 pm

Any chance you want to come to this fucking frigid wasteland and teach a class ??

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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by Glista » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:35 pm

SOBF wrote:Any chance you want to come to this fucking frigid wasteland and teach a class ??
You could come down to this frozen wasteland. I am doing one on the 7th of February at Ginseng Sullivan’s shop, Oak Orchard fly shop. It’s free and there’s always beers floating around the shop after words at these things

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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by Articulated Trico » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:49 pm

Always dig how you leave just enough space from the thread to the eyelet, allowing enough room to tie in a rifle hitch if you are that crafty. Spacing and use of the shank is so right on! Also heard Glasso had a long lineage of vampires making him virtually souless and able to tie upper echelon flies only found in the PNW. You can see his dabbling in the metaphysics of color using a lot of orange, brown and black....colors of Halloween! His flies work amazingly well for summer runs thus putting humans in danger because they sleep during the night after fishing all day! Might be his main intent to formulating such great flies, just be careful!
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by SLSS » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:01 pm

Hey G,

Those are really somethin' sweet. I may have to come and visit on the 7th, though I don't know that I'm up for a 70 mile ski.

Really exceptional work.
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by Lenny » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:08 pm

I always feel like the short-pricked loser in a gangbang when I see his work. Not worthy
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by SOBF » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:25 pm

I always feel like the short-pricked loser in a gangbang when I see his work. Not worthy
You could come down to this frozen wasteland. I am doing one on the 7th of February at Ginseng Sullivan’s shop, Oak Orchard fly shop. It’s free and there’s always beers floating around the shop after words at these things
Come on Lenny lets go ??

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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by root wad » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:30 pm

Great job on some real classics. I often fish a run on The Sol Duc just above where it joins the Bogachiel to form The Quillayute that is called Syd's Water. He took, I believe, a 19 lb wild summer fish there on one of his sparce little ties. I had the special privilege last month to examine in hand a couple of boxes of flies tied by Mr. Glasso himself. These flies are the property of his protege, a former student in Forks where Syd taught school. I have never seen so much done with so few well-placed wraps of thread. There is an economy of motion and effort that nearly defies logic, I have been fortunate to see flies by many noted tiers yet I have never seen anything as elegant as these flies. Even the smallest low water searun cuttie patterns were works of art.
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Re: Glasso Spey flies

Post by Shaq » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:47 pm

Sex on a hook mang.
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